259 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
259 tasting notes

Verdant’s teas continue to impress me. This is the first genmaicha I have had and I really like it.
This has such a nutty and delicious aroma, and tastes like cheerios or puffed wheat with the sweetness of creamed corn and buttered beans. Satisfying and so tasty! Love!

Re-steeps with delicious results.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
259 tasting notes

Found I had one more serving of this in my cupboard so brewed it up nice and strong with some cream and a dash of maple sugar. Very tasty and full of sweet cinnamon and pumpkin flavor.
I enjoyed this and would probably purchase some again if it comes back.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nightshifter

Me too! I wish it was back already. :)

caile

haha yes, it was better than I remembered. The last bit I got had lots of flavor!

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I wanted to compare this to Teavivre’s Premium version so brewed a cup of each and re-steeped both.
For some reason it’s difficult to compare them today, and am unable to decide which I prefer. I feel that this one is fruitier and a bit more floral, but I can’t describe the difference more accurately. Both are really good!

TheTeaFairy

This is my favourite Keemun! Never had the Premiun, but this one works fir me :-) I agree, it is very fruity.

caile

Yes, I really like this one! Will need to buy more!

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
259 tasting notes

Similar to laoshan black with a dark chocolate, roasty aroma, but there is also a more earthy note and a hint of smokiness to this one.
Flavor is chocolate, malt, sweet potato, honey, some floral and a bit of mushroom earthiness. Second steep becomes stronger in honey aroma and tastes sweeter and creamier.
This is so good!! It is similar to the laoshan black, but in a lighter, less toasty way, and has more of the earthy potato notes with honey that I love. Both are delicious and I’m not sure I could pick a favorite.. but perhaps it would be this one simply because I happen to be drinking it right now. Love it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I wish the smokiness wasn’t there, that was the only thing preventing me from loving this one. At least I have LB. :)

caile

That’s too bad, but at least the LB is always a great tea to have!

Sil

Stranger still, the last two times I’ve had this there’s been no smoke…. So it seems to be bouncing back and forth for me…

caile

haha It’s such a light hint so maybe that’s why? It was more so in the first infusion if I recall…and either way, is such a tasty tea! Perfect for huffalumps as well, I heard. ;-)

Sil

haha hefflumps love smokey teas. it’s true :)

caile

I knew it! :)

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Drinking a small pot of this today. Smooth, mellow with earthy sweet potatoes and a bit of caramel.
The last time I drank this I got some citrus notes which I don’t get now; this is more lightly earthy… still really good and easy to drink, and I like it.

Steeped at 190F for 2 1/2 minutes.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
caile

So maybe it is me and my lack of patience right now but it is next to impossible to post tasting notes since the update, when using my tablet. Posting this one was really!hard to do!!

moraiwe

I used to do quick updates from my phone, but it’s become pretty much impossible after the update, so I totally get this.

caile

Thanks. I don’t think I’ll try again on the tablet – it was a test of patience that’s for sure, and even then, couldn’t add in the steep times etc.

OMGsrsly

I do a lot of zooming, and making notes in the tasting note itself. I did that before the update as well, but I’m finding it harder to do. :/

caile

I did that before as well, but for some reason am unable to scroll to the bottom of the note or do any kind of controlled zooming now. It must be my tablet not cooperating with the new format. Also, when I posted the note it went to the black ‘put the kettle on’ page, but fortunately the note had posted when I went back to my dashboard. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out eventually though!

caile

Just went to my laptop to see if I could add in the steeping parameters, and yes, much easier!

OMGsrsly

Interesting. I have an ipad/iphone, and can still zoom and scroll.

caile

Mine is android so maybe that’s different? Or maybe my fingers just didn’t have the right touch today. ;-)

OMGsrsly

Probably the difference between android and ithing :)

caile

haha – I think so! : )

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
259 tasting notes

Aroma is pumpkin, caramel and spice, which carries a bit over into the flavor, although subdued.
Quite a lovely blend, but not my preference, possibly due to the tea base.
Thank you Courtney, for sending me this to try!!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
259 tasting notes

Aroma is creamy, buttery and sweet – a!most candy-like. Tastes very creamy and very sweet with a very light mineral note, and maybe even a bit nutty. No floral.

I don’t think I cared for this that much the first time I tried it, but it tasted good now. I did prefer it to the Teavivre milk oolong I just had, probably because of the strong floral component I found in that one. The leaves in this davidstea oolong weren’t as lovely though – more broken with brown bits.
But, quite a tasty cup of tea, and almost like drinking candy.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Abby Noelle

This sounds really good!!

caile

It was surprisingly good! I used to drink more Oolong’s but they haven’t been my favorite lately, and I had a small bit left in a pouch and wanted to give it another try.

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Buttery, creamy and floral aroma with a floral, mineral and light vegetal taste.
Smooth, fragrant, sweet and mouthwatering.
I did two resteeps. Very nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Black Tea by Simpson & Vail
259 tasting notes

This reminds me exactly of coconut bread! It has a nice fresh coconut taste and the tea base must give it the breadiness. With a bit of cream – very nice! Yum.
Thank you Courtney, for sharing this with me!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Yay! I love this one. :)

caile

Almost as good as coconut buns from the Chinese market! ;-)

Courtney

Gaaah those are amazing.

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Thank you, Courtney, for sending this surprise to me in our swap!

This is really tasty! The aroma is soft and lovely with spice and vanilla, and it tastes very much like carrot cake – sweet and delicious. I added cream to my cup, and it was so good – a perfect treat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

2/3 is pretty good! You’re going through them quickly today now haha.

caile

haha! I actually had the ruby pie yesterday though but wasn’t able to add the note until today. :-P

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Love of tea.
Black tea is probably my favorite.

I also like both raw and ripe puerh and exploring those more. I enjoy Chinese green teas once in awhile, and also some oolongs.

Enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Likes: cacao/chocolate, coconut, caramel, bitter
Dislikes: rooibos, bergamot, seaweed, licorice

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